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THEODORE R. SCHELLENBERG, deputy examiner in the Division of
Accessions. Contributions to Manual on Methods of Reproducing Research
Materials, a Survey Made for the Joint Committee on Materials for Research, by Robert C. Binkley and others. Ann Arbor,
Edwards Brothers, 1936. 207 p. General Review of Apparatus. American Library Association,
Microphotography for Libraries, 1936, p. 27–31. VERNON G. SETSER, reference supervisor in the Division of Reference. The Commercial Reciprocity Policy of the United States, 1774–
1829. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1937.
xi, 305 p.
John F. SImmons, research assistant in the Office of the Director of
Archival Service. Report on the Transportation Costs of the Kansas-Nebraska Group
of Natural Gas-Companies Controlled by North American Light & Power Co. Federal Trade Commission, Utility Corporations
(Washington, 1936), 2950–2956, and map. VERNON D. Tate, Chief of the Division of Photographic Reproduc
tion and Research. Criteria for Measuring the Effectiveness of Reading Devices.
American Library Association, Microphotography for Libraries,
1936, p. 13-26. Microphotography for the Special Library. Paper read before the
New York Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, New
118, 145–149 (Apr., May-June 1937). Microphotography and The National Archives. Address before
the Harvard University Library Club, Cambridge, February 16,
1937. Review of The Argonauts of 1769, a Narrative of the Occupation
of San Diego and Monterey by Don Gaspar de Portola, by Fred W. Atkinson. Hispanic American Historical Review, 17:226
(May 1937). The Year's Progress in Microphotography. Paper read before a
conference on photographic reproduction of library materials of
the American Library Association, New York, June 24, 1937. ALMON R. WRIGHT, classifier in the Division of Classification. Origins of the Argentine Supreme Court. World Affairs, 99: 165–
170 (Sept. 1936). Juan Manuel de Rosas and the Church. South American Dicta
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Curtis Wilgus (Washington, 1937), p. 473–488. Reprint, 16 p. IRENE A. WRIGHT, special examiner in the Office of the Director of
Archival Service. The Situation in Spain. Address delivered in Washington, D. C.,
before the Twentieth Century Club, October 5, 1936; before the World Caravan Guild, October 6, 1936; before the Wesley
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Heights Round Table, October 31, 1936; before the Mañana Club,
the Stanford Club of Washington, March 9, 1937. Changing Customs of Old Spain. Address before the World Car
avan Guild, Washington, D. C., October 20, 1936. Reminiscences of Spanish Archives. Address before the Inter
American Forum on the Spanish Archives, George Washington University, Washington, D. C., December 18, 1936. Changing Social Customs of Seville with Special Reference to
Women. Address before a meeting held under the auspices of the World Fellowship Committee, Y. W. C. A., Washington, D. C., January 21, 1937.
REPORT OF THE NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF THE SURVEY OF FEDERAL ARCHIVES TO THE WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1937
The Survey of Federal Archives outside the District of Columbia began operation as WPA Sponsored Federal Project No. 4, with The National Archives as cooperating sponsor, on January 1, 1936. Originally authorized to operate for 6 months, it gathered during this period information regarding the location, conditions of storage, and general content of some two million linear feet of records of the Federal Government in the 48 States of the Union. This large volume, however, constituted only about 40 percent of the total of such records. Accordingly, in order that the information desired by The National Archives might be obtained for as large a proportion of the total as circumstances would permit, provision was made to continue the Survey until June 30, 1937. To finance it, a total of $2,068,757 was made available for the fiscal year 1937 by a series of Presidential Letters, in addition to certain sums from the original authorization of $1,176,000 that had not been expended in the preceding fiscal year. Actual payments during the year amounted to $2,152,115.
ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANIZATION AND PERSONNEL
During the fiscal year 1937 the Survey's general plan of organization remained substantially the same as when it was originally established. Centralized planning for and direction of the Nation-wide project was continued by means of a coordinating project, or headquarters staff, with an average employment of 29, which had its offices in the National Archives Building in Washington. Dr. Philip M. Hamer continued as National Director of the Survey. On August 16, 1936, however, he was appointed Chief of the Division of the Library of The National Archives, and from that date he divided his time between the duties of the two positions. Dr. Theodore R. Schellenberg resigned at the end of the fiscal year 1936 as Associate National Director to resume his work as deputy examiner in the Division of Accessions of The National Archives, and the position was not subsequently filled. On January 16, Dr. G. Philip Bauer, who had been on the Survey staff since the preceding April as research assistant, was appointed Assistant National Director and was given major responsibility for the editorial work of the Washington office until his resignation on April 19 to become research assistant in the Division of Research of The National Archives. Research assistants on the staff of the Survey were appointed during the year as follows: On August 1, Mr. Lewis J. Darter, Jr., and Mr. David K. McCarrell, candidates for Ph. D. degrees at the University of Pennsylvania and Duke University, respectively; on October 8, Mr. Sears F. Riepma, candidate for the Ph. D. degree in history at Western Reserve University; and on May 19, Mr. Arthur R. Kooker, who was transferred from his position as regional director in Michigan. Mr. Carl Louis Gregory, special assistant in charge of collections of motion pictures, other photographic records, and sound recordings, resigned on March 16 to accept a position as motion-picture engineer in the Division of Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings in The National Archives, but he continued to devote part of his time to the work of the Survey.
The field organization of the Survey and the regional directors and their assistants remained the same as in the preceding fiscal year, with the following exceptions:
Illinois: Mr. William E. Austin resigned on April 17 as assistant director and no successor was appointed.
Indiana: Mr. William O. Lynch resigned as director on July 15 but continued to serve in an advisory capacity to his assistant, Mr. J. Harley Nichols, who succeeded him.
Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska: Dr. James L. Sellers, professor of history in the University of Nebraska, succeeded Mr. Francis E. Fitzgerald as director on December 6.
Kentucky and Tennessee: Judge Samuel C. Williams resigned as director on October 31 and no successor was appointed for the region. In Kentucky, Mr. John Wilson Townsend, historian and former State supervisor, became director for the State. In Tennessee, Mr. Lowe Watkins, a member of the Nashville bar and former State supervisor, served as State director until his resignation on May 1. Tennessee was then added to the region made up of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi under Mr. Stanley C. Arthur, with Mr. John Luton, formerly Mr. Watkins' assistant, as State supervisor.
Michigan: Upon the transfer of Mr. Arthur R. Kooker to the Washington office on May 19, Mr. Frank Murphy, formerly State supervisor, served as acting director until the end of the fiscal year.
Minnesota: The work of the Survey being virtually completed by May 31, Mr. Jacob Hodnefield resigned as assistant director to accept a position as State director of the Historical Records Survey.
Missouri: Dr. Walter Krausnick, a member of the faculty of Washington University, succeeded Mr. H. Hadley Grimm on October 19 as assistant director on a part-time basis.
Montana: Dr. Paul C. Phillips, professor of history in the University of Montana and State director of the Historical Records Survey, succeeded Mr. Daniel J, Sullivan as director on December 6.
New Mexico: Mr. Lansing B. Bloom resigned as director on June 6 and the State was added to the region made up of Colorado and Wyoming under Mr. Clifford M. Sublette.
Ohio: Dr. William D. Overman resigned as director on February 15 and was succeeded by his assistant, Mr. William M. Verross.
Oklahoma: Mr. Powell Boyd, graduate student at the University of Oklahoma, succeeded Mr. James W. Moffitt as assistant director on February 15.
Oregon and Washington: Mr. Jesse S. Douglas resigned as director on October 15 to accept a position with The National Archives and was succeeded by his assistant, Mr. Paul E. Hartmus. After the
. death of Mr. Hartmus in April, this region was added to that made up of California and Nevada under the direction of Dr. Charles L.
Stewart, and Mr. Conrad E. Peterson, formerly assistant State supervisor under Mr. Hartmus, was made supervisor of the Oregon project.
Eastern Pennsylvania: Dr. John P. Corry, who had received his Ph. D. degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania, succeeded Mr. Richard H. Heindel as director on July 31 and served until December 20, when the region was added to the region made up of New York City and Long Island under Dr. Richard B. Morris. Mr. James L. Whitehead, formerly project superintendent in Philadelphia and a graduate student in history at the University of Pennsylvania, was made assistant director for Eastern Pennsylvania.
Rhode Island and Connecticut: Mr. Norman L. Kilpatrick served as director on a part-time basis after his return in July to active duty in the Brown University Library, with Mr. R. A. McLeod and Mr. William B. Gardner as assistants, until June 5, 1937, when this region was added to that of Massachusetts, under Mr. John W. McElroy.
South Carolina: Miss Edith Belle Layman, who had served as acting director following the resignation of Mrs. Jessie Reed Burnett, was appointed director on August 1.
Texas: Mr. D. Roy Parker, a graduate student in political science at the University of Texas, succeeded Dr. Richard R. Stenberg as director on August 31.
Virginia: Dr. Kathleen Bruce, formerly a member of the history faculties of the College of William and Mary and Hollins College, succeeded Mr. Terry C. Durham as director on September 15.
West Virginia: On June 5 this State was added to the region of Ohio under Mr. William M. Verross.
Virgin Islands: Provision was made to extend the Survey to the Virgin Islands at the request and with the assistance of Governor Lawrence W. Cramer, and on August 16 Mr. Harold Larson was given leave of absence from his position as reference supervisor in The National Archives to direct the work there. After he resumed his duties in The National Archives on April 16, 1937, he continued to supervise this work and to prepare reports on the information obtained in the Islands.
WORK OF THE WASHINGTON OFFICE The Washington office kept closely in touch with the regional offices in order to promote a uniform understanding of the purposes and procedures of the Survey. Regional directors submitted semimonthly narrative progress reports in addition to monthly reports on employment; on expenditures and man-month costs; on linear footage, agencies, and places surveyed; on forms completed; and, in the latter part of the year, on progress on the descriptive inventory of the records surveyed. The Washington office sent out 125 memoranda with general instructions and information for all regional offices and wrote numerous letters on particular regional or local problems. Information was compiled for final reports on conditions of storage and on collections of motion pictures, other photographic records, and sound recordings, and the preparation of a descriptive inventory of Federal archives outside the District was begun. The National Director held conferences with Survey officials from a number of regions in New York City in July, in Nashville in November, and in Providence in December. In August and April he made trips of inspection that took him as far as the west coast and into 30 cities where the Survey was in progress. Other members of the staff of the Washington office